Source: Social Media28 Apr 2016 13:24:55
Sriharikota, April 28: PSLV-C33 lifts off from the launch pad at Sriharikota carrying IRNSS-1G, the last of the seven navigation satellite series. The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is in the final stage of setting up the country's own navigation system by launching IRNSS-1G, the last in the series of seven navigation satellites.
Renaming it as ‘Navic’ as the satellite is going to favour the fishermen to navigate the shortest and best routes for fishing, PM Modi said “The benefits from this new technology will benefit our people, our fishermen. The world will know it as ‘Navic’. Our efforts will not only help India but we can help fellow SAARC nations as well. This is example of Make in India, made in India and made for Indians. 125 crore Indians have got a new Navic.”
ISRO director AS Kiran Kumar, Satish Dhawan Space Centre director P Kunhikrishnan and other top scientists are monitoring the launch. The restricted service was used by the military for missile delivery and navigation and tracking of aircraft.
PM Narendra Modi observes the progress of ISRO's launch of IRNSS-1G. IRNSS will provide standard positioning service for all users with a position accuracy of better than 20 metres and a restricted service for authorised users with an accuracy of 10 metres.
“In space science, our scientists have achieved many accomplishments. Through space science lives of people can be transformed”, congratulated PM Modi.
The indigenous navigation system will aid terrestrial, aerial and marine navigation, vehicle tracking and fleet management, disaster management, mapping and geodetic data capture, visual and voice navigation for drivers. The service can also be integrated with mobile phones and can be navigation tool for hikers and travellers.
These satellites have already started functioning from their designated orbital slots after extensive on-orbit test and evaluation to confirm their satisfactory performance. With IRNSS-1G, India will join the league of countries that have indigenous navigation systems. The navigation system will also reduce country's dependency on US Global Positioning System.
“With this successful launch, we will determine our own paths powered by our technology. This is a great gift to people from scientists. Indian sailors used to determine their paths observing position of stars & speed of moon & sun”, said PM Modi.
The launch was scheduled at 12:50 this afternoon. The countdown was progressing smoothly as per schedule at the Sathish Dhawan space centre at Sriharikota which is situated 90 kms from Chennai. India will be joining the elite group of countries which have their own navigation system technology to cater to the mammoth navigational needs.
The satellite with a design life span of 12 years has two payloads for navigation and ranging. While many countries in the world have more than 20 satellites in serving the navigational purpose Indian scientists can boast of by achieving the goal by launching the seventh satellite which in a way completes the constellation which was earlier planned.